POSTED: Monday February 9th 2009

India drops to third in team rankings and out of the race for title

Only New Zealand can stop South Africa now as 1 April cut-off date looms

India has slipped back to third in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship table following defeat in the fifth and final match of its away series against Sri Lanka.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team had moved ahead of Australia and to within four ratings points of leader South Africa when it went 4-0 up in the series but a combination of Sri Lanka’s strong showing in the final ODI and Australia beating New Zealand in the third ODI of its ongoing five-match series has meant they have returned to third position.
That means that if India wins its series against New Zealand 5-0 it will move to 124 ratings points, which is not enough to overtake South Africa at the top. In fact, by the current fixture schedule, only New Zealand can topple Graeme Smith and friends by the cut-off date of 1 April. But to do that the Black Caps need to win all seven of the remaining ODIs they will play before then.
The side that leads the listing on 1 April will be US$175,000 richer while the runner-up will collect US$75,000. The ongoing series in Australia and the upcoming one between New Zealand and India look set to determine where those pay-outs will end up.
At this stage, the best Australia and India can do is come second in the table. Even if Ricky Ponting’s team wins the remaining two matches against Daniel Vettori’s men it will stay behind South Africa by a fraction of a ratings point.
To see exactly what upcoming results will do to the ICC ODI Championship table go to
Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Championship (as of 9 February, after Sri Lanka v India series and after three matches of Australia v New Zealand series)
Rank   Team                          Rating
1          South Africa                 125
2          Australia                       122
3          India                             120
4          New Zealand                115
5          Pakistan                       111
6          England                        108
7          Sri Lanka                     105
8          West Indies                  91
9          Bangladesh                   46
10        Zimbabwe                    23
11        Ireland                          19
12        Kenya                          0
(Developed by David Kendix)
To see exactly what upcoming results will do to the ICC ODI Championship table go to
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